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Old 03-30-2007, 04:01 AM   #1
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Default Are we going to see players playing well into their mid 40s?

Barring any injuries, are we gonna see this generation of player's abilities stretch into their mid 40s?

With all the talk of Pippen, Reggie Miller, Alan Houston, Kevin Willis, all deciding to make comebacks. I think today's younger players will have the physical capabilities of retiring at an older age.
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Old 03-30-2007, 04:02 AM   #2
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Today's players join the league at a younger age. So I think you have to factor that in.
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Old 03-30-2007, 04:10 AM   #3
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Default Re: Are we going to see players playing well into their mid 40s?

for example, Andrew Bynum, is he shaped up, could play for 25 years and only be like 43...
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Old 03-30-2007, 04:24 AM   #4
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Default Re: Are we going to see players playing well into their mid 40s?

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for example, Andrew Bynum, is he shaped up, could play for 25 years and only be like 43...

1. 43 is not only. No NBA player has played at such an advance age and had a significant role on the team. Robert Parish's appearance with the Bulls was a mere cameo.

2. 25 years of getting banged up every night would have a very negative effects on one's body. Especially for a center. Knee problems galore.

3. Bynum can shape up all he wants, but I think carrying all that extra weight has already done its damage on his lower body.
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Old 03-30-2007, 04:25 AM   #5
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Default Re: Are we going to see players playing well into their mid 40s?

I can't believe players can still compete in their thirties....Basically every physical attribute you need in basketball (muscular power, muscular strength, reflexes, speed) begins to decline at about 23.

I guess basketball IQ and experience mask the detrimental effects of ageing.
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Old 03-30-2007, 05:04 AM   #6
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Default Re: Are we going to see players playing well into their mid 40s?

cliff robinson has played a nice role at a later age. kevin willis led the hawks a few times in rebounding in his last year...
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Old 03-30-2007, 05:18 AM   #7
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Basically every physical attribute you need in basketball (muscular power, muscular strength, reflexes, speed) begins to decline at about 23.

Since you back none of your comment up with facts, i wont either...simply...this is not true.
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Old 03-30-2007, 05:28 AM   #8
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Since you back none of your comment up with facts, i wont either...simply...this is not true.

Ive studied physiology for years.

"at age 25, people start going downhill-they decline about one percent per year on a host of measures of physiological functioning and physical performance until they hit their mid-60s. Then the hill gets steeper, and the rate of decline increases.

This one percent rule is not someone's fanciful theory. It has been borne out by numerous studies over the years."


Recent studies suggest the decline begins earlier.

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Old 03-30-2007, 05:55 AM   #9
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Default Re: Are we going to see players playing well into their mid 40s?

no i think you'de see a lot of HS to pro's people retire earlier than previous players. you have to think your body can only take so many seasons of punishment no matter when you start. can you imagine lebron playing until 40 i can't...amare playing at 40? these guys might retire at 35ish.
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Old 03-30-2007, 07:32 AM   #10
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Default Re: Are we going to see players playing well into their mid 40s?

some theorize Jason Kidd can last as long as John Stockton did.

he is 6'4" (giant for a PG), very strong, keeps himself in great shape, and his game is based mainly on effort and ball IQ.



though the reason we don't see this too often is because teams usually want fresher blood.
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Old 03-30-2007, 07:34 AM   #11
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Default Re: Are we going to see players playing well into their mid 40s?

How long does everyone think Mutumbo has left?

I would think he could run for at least one more season.
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Default Re: Are we going to see players playing well into their mid 40s?

Garnett will be still good and athletic at 40.
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Tim Duncan's gonna play until he's at lest say 67.
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Default Re: Are we going to see players playing well into their mid 40s?

Are people really arguing that because players start EARLIER now they'll somehow be able to play years beyond players of the past?
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Old 03-30-2007, 11:41 AM   #15
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Garnett will be still good and athletic at 40.

No way, his knees are gonna be crunchy like potato chips by then. Twenty two years in the NBA is no joke.

Only way a guy can play into his 40's will be if he's a defensive PF/C like DD, Cliffy, Deke, and if he's to make it past 40 he'll have to have been a 4 year college player, and possibly ride the pine a couple years into his NBA stint other wise it's too many games on a players body.

I can't imagine these high school man-children aren't gonna suffer when they retire. Greg Oden, LeBron, and Amare maybe 18-20 but their bodies are obviously aging at an increased rate, and on top of it they join the league at 18 and, playoffs withstanding, they play ~200 more games than college grads at age 22.
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